The Liberal Democrats have worked hard to deliver a balanced plan for York, one which addresses the city's housing needs to support residents and improve our local economy, whilst crucially protecting the Green Belt and the unique characteristics of our city.
The proposed plan, submitted to the Secretary of State on 25 May 2018, looks to deliver over 20,000 homes over the next 20 years, including up to 4000 more affordable homes, creating around 650 new jobs per year, whilst crucially defining the Green Belt boundaries in planning law, for the first time since the 1950s. The plan also prioritises the development of brownfield sites in the city and ensures that York’s unique character will be protected for generations to come.
Following the examination hearings on the Local Plan, the Government's Planning Inspectors have written back with their recommendation on the progression of the Local Plan. The letter, published by City of York Council earlier today, includes the planning inspectors’ general support for the protection of the special character of our city.
The letter also calls for further clarification about the evidence underpinning the approach taken to define the proposed Green Belt boundaries. The Liberal Democrats will work with the Government inspectors to bring forward a timetable for progressing the Local Plan and provide further details to the proposed Green Belt modifications.
Cllr Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Finance and Performance, said:
“We believe that the plan strikes the right balance for the city, our communities and residents of York. This plan facilitates economic growth in the city, secures the delivery of sustainable community facilities and delivers the homes that York needs - all whilst protecting York’s Green Belt to maintain the unique and historic character of the city.”
“We have worked hard to develop a plan which addresses the unique needs of the city and prioritises residents’ interests. I would like to thank the planning inspectors for their feedback as we look forward to working to progress our plan and deliver a sustainable and economically sound future for our city.”
The full letter can be viewed at www.york.gov.uk/localplan